The traditional base vs sweet spot question has been posed many times, but I’m hoping to get a few answers or least a discussion that’s suited to my particular situation.
I do not race and am also not planning to train for any other specific events.
My goal over the winter is to just train so that I’m as fit as possibly when the outside season (starting around April here in Germany, possibly with a trip to Mallorca in March) starts.
I’ve started a plan that was suggested by plan builder a few weeks ago, I just completed week 3. From last spring to 3 weeks ago my FTP improved from around 240W to 264W and I have been able to complete all workouts so far. The over/unders are always incredibly hard, but I haven’t had to bail out yet - but I did decrease intensity to 98% on the last two weekend workouts.
I find the intensity/Training load very high at the moment, some workouts I feel totally destroyed after and am barely able to move the rest of the day.
So I’m wondering, if this is something that I can/want to sustain for the next 6 months…or if I’d be better of doing traditional base (that’s Zone 2 rides, right?) until about December and then start over with the training plan in January.
This was suggested by the owner of my gym, who is also a fitness coach and has a history in cycling - but his approach may be old fashioned which is why I’d like to ask you guys aswell